Is the Future of the Church Online Only? - A Whittle Bit of Commentary 2/17/15

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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Barna research released a new study that found that nearly half of pastors believe that in the coming decade faith will become an online only experience for many people, meaning that some will just sit at home on their iPad Sunday morning and not drive down to their local house of worship.  Personally, I believe that not only will many just experience church online, but services will become more interactive, and not necessarily live on Sunday mornings. In an effort to appeal to certain groups of people, the viewers will be able to select the songs they wanna hear and the topics they want covered because sermons will be on demand like Netflix. I’m not saying this is a good or bad thing, I’m just looking at where tech trends are taking us. Much like the rest of our society, there will come a day when some churches may be online only, with members located across the world that can interact like on a social media sites. With each generation using the internet more than previous generations, this trend will only accelerate. And if you don’t believe me that kids love their tech, try taking their smartphone away. It’ll convince you that the trend is toward more tech. I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.  

 

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Background Material:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/february/how-pastors-now-use-internet-ministry-barna.html

https://www.barna.org/barna-update/congregations/706-cyber-church-pastors-and-the-internet#.VOJXpy6L1OS

 

Posted on February 16, 2015 .